A Tour of Irish WWI Sites in Flanders

Last May, I was invited to represent Ireland in the Peaceville initiative organised by Visit Flanders. To commemorate the centenary of World War I, I joined travel bloggers from around the world in Belgium to explore some of the most significant sites from the Great War. For me, the highlight of the trip was a specially organised tour of the places where the Irish fought, died and found peace with each other. Controversial Overshadowed by…
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Dublin Daytrip: Museum of Style Icons, Newbridge

“She was so fond of this Pucci dress that she’s said to have ordered one in every colour.”  It’s Saturday morning and I’m on a private tour of the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.  “Rumour has it she’s buried in the green version,” says Anne, the museum guide, gesturing to a demure pink dress once owned by Marilyn Monroe. It comes as a revelation that Monroe was so taken by such a simple,…
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Giveaway: Oakley Hall Hotel Luxury Rural Retreat Break for Two

‘Tis the season of goodwill and to celebrate, Travel Edits is giving you the chance to win a wonderful weekend escape at the newly refurbished  Oakley Hall Hotel in the heart of the Hampshire countryside. Oakley Hall has a fascinating literary heritage. The author Jane Austen resided in the nearby village of Steventon until she was 25. As a family friend of the Bramston family, the owners at the time, she was a regular visitor…
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Hotel Colette Cannes

Bentleys glide through the streets. Super yachts bask in the bay. It’s August in Cannes: playtime for mega rich show-offs, both vulgar and fabulous. The good news is that in the midst of all this ostentation it’s possible to find a boutique hotel that doesn’t take itself too seriously, or break the bank. Hotel Colette, enchanté. Hotel Colette’s interior design is chic but fun. Rooms are decorated in a minimalist style with punchy accents such…
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Making Perfume with Galimard in Grasse

Just like a song or a person, I can associate a perfume with nearly every destination I’ve visited. My discovery in Milan was Prada’s Infusion d’Iris. Bright Crystal by Versace always reminds me of a trip to Reykjavik, while New York will forever be Hypnose by Lancome. It’s easy then to see why I couldn’t take a trip to the fragrant south of France without paying a visit to the prestigious Galimard Perfumery in Grasse.…
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